Astronomy 101 Sections 1&2 Fall 2016

Introduction to Astronomy.

Paul Eskridge

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Minnesota State University

Section 1 Time:  TH 2:00 to 3:15 PM
Section 1 Place: C317 Trafton Science Ctr.

Section 2 Time:  TH 12:30 to 1:45 PM
Section 2 Place: 289 Wissink Hall

Required Text Book: "Universe: Stars & Galaxies", Freedman & Kaufmann, 2014 

For background information: go the web page of the text book Universe.
My office is N-152 Trafton Science Ctr.
Phone: (389)-1840
Office Hours:  M: 12-1,2-3 T: 11-12,4-5 W: 11-1,2-5 H: 11-12
Course Web-page:

Course Syllabus and Class Notes

Comments and Information on Grading

Sample Test Questions

Section 1 Grades

Section 2 Grades

Any student found using a cell-phone during any examination or quiz will receive a zero on that examination or quiz.

Exams: Six quizzes in class : September 6
                              September 20
                              October 6
                              October 20
                              November 10
                              November 29

       Quizzes will total 36% of the final grade (6% each).  A missed quiz can
           be made up by visiting the Observatory five times.  A total of six 
           Observatory visits will be accepted for credit.

       Mid-Term exams: on September 27 and November 1, contribute 15% each to 
           the final grade.

       Section 1 Final exam: Tuesday December 6, 12:30--2:30PM
       Section 2 Final exam: Monday December 5, 10:15AM--12:15PM
       Final Exam will count 34% of the final grade.

This course will be graded on a curve.  I expect, but do NOT promise, that
the class average will be in the C range  

Make-up Policy: No make-up for final exam.  No early finals.
                Make-up tests will be offered only with prior arrangement.
                Medical and family emergencies will be the only exceptions.
                In such cases documentation MUST be provided.

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Revised: 2016 August 9